Three Golds for Culinary Team USA 2016

Three Golds for Culinary Team USA 2016        Jason Hall CMC, Executive Chef of Myers Park Country Club has essentially been pulling double shifts for the past four years. Spending every additional minute outside of work planning and preparing for the Culinary Olympics, Chef Hall has done what many chefs can only dream…

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Packing For Competitions: Tips & Tricks (Pt 3)

8. Stack your luggage with mesh. Stack your luggage when moving through the airport, or competition venue, with mesh to keep them from sliding. There’s still a bit of balancing that goes into it but the mesh makes it far easier and safer. 9. Use a Dog Leash. Add a small loop brace to your…

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Packing For Competitions: Tips & Tricks (Pt 2)

You can expect TSA to go through your luggage and cooler. If you can expect it, you should prepare for it. 4. Zip Ties. You’ve zip tied your luggage closed to prevent it from popping open during travel but that zip tie’s lifespan ends at security. TSA might re-secure your luggage with one of their…

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Packing For Competitions: Tips & Tricks (Pt 1)

  Protect your Hardware! I have had the misfortune of opening my tote after traveling and discovering a set of broken knives. An efficient way of preventing this from happening is to pack them accordingly: Make sure each blade is in a magnetic or hard plastic sheath. Place knives side by side on something durable…

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Journey to Team USA 2016

My journey to Team USA began in 2005, while working as Executive Chef at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, SC under David Shepler, CCM. I was very actively competing at that time, and had the“competition bug” so to speak.  I, like most young chefs, traveled to as many possible competitions I…

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Packing For Team USA Practice

     It’s the night before a long weekend at Team Practice. After a 12 hour work day, Chef Hall comes home to pack everything he’ll need for the trip. He’ll have 3 pieces of luggage total: One for his clothes and personal items, a crate for his tools and hardware, and another crate to…

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Making The Connections

There have been many connections made during my personal and professional journey that I couldn’t possibly fit them all into one post. Instead, please follow the links provided to learn more about each of their visions and my personal interaction with them.                            …

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Electrolux

Electrolux specializes in providing solutions to every facet of culinary production. This European based company has headquarters right here in Charlotte North Carolina making it very accessible for me to learn more about their company and designs. In 2015, I was invited by my predecessor, Scott Craig, to an Electrolux WACS Cook and Chill Seminar…

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TurboChef

TurboChef is one of the Team’s primary sponsors. They “design, manufacture and market a variety of rapid cook solutions” and have a substantial cooking facility in Texas. Many of our team practices are hosted there as their test kitchens are equipped perfectly for our group.      The students that assist us at their facility…

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Friedr. Dick

Friedr. Dick Team USA Sponsor Friedr. Dick is our team’s knife sponsor. They have provided brand new complete knife kits to each chef on the team to practice and compete with. George and I did a demo with Friedr. Dick at Atlanta’s Chef Connect conference to show the quality of the knives including their durability,…

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Unilever Food Solutions

      “At Unilever Food Solutions, we help chefs all over the world serve tasty, wholesome meals that keep guests coming back for more. We create ingredients that save precious prep time in the kitchen, without compromising on flavor or flair. And, we constantly provide ideas and inspiration that keep menus fresh and exciting….

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Waynes Farm Chef’s Craft

Wayne Farms Chef’s Craft Team Sponsor Chef’s Craft’s passion is to provide incredible ingredients to all chefs. Their products are 100% farm raised, gluten free, and fresh; never frozen. They have supported the team since 2014 and continuously assist us on our journey to gold! Explore all of Chef’s Craft’s Products Follow Chef’s Craft on…

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Southbend

      Southbend is recognized as a global leader in heavy-duty, commercial cooking equipment. With perpetual new equipment innovations in the areas of energy savings, cooking speed, automation and safety, Southbend products are considered the best in the industry by chefs, consultants and industry experts. Southbend became involved with the ACF Culinary Team USA in…

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Browne Food Service

“From cookware to bar service, you can trust that you’ll find everything you need when you’re in the Kitchen. For more than 50 years, Browne is widely recognized as a leader in the Foodservice industry, offering exceptional quality. Through our dedication to excellence and our belief in the culinary industry, Browne food service is proud…

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